is a graduate of Brigham
Young University, the University of Kansas, and New York University. While
enrolled in the Graduate Dramatic Writing Program at NYU, he was the
recipient of a literary fellowship to study at the Royal Court Theatre in London,
and also attended the Sundance Institute's Playwrights Lab.
His first feature, "In the Company
of Men," won the Filmmakers Trophy at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, as well as
the New York Film Critics Circle's Award for Best First Feature. For his
script, LaBute was honored with the Best First Screenplay Award at the 1998
Independent Spirit Awards.
LaBute's second feature, "Your
Friends & Neighbors," debuted in 1998 and also found success with critics and
audiences. The film starred Amy Brenneman, Aaron
Keener, Nastassja Kinski, Jason Patric, and Ben Stiller.
His third feature, "Nurse
Betty" world-premiered at the 2000 Cannes International Film Festival, where it
received the Best Screenplay Award. For her performance in the title role,
Ren~e Zellweger earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion
Picture [Musical or Comedy].
LaBute is partnered with producer Gail
Mutrux (who produced "Nurse Betty") in the production company Pretty
Pictures, which has a first-look deal with Focus Features.
include "Filthy Talk for Troubled Times," "Rounder," "Sanguinarians
& Sycophants," and "Ravages." He also penned adaptations of
"Dracula" and "Woyzeck," which have been produced at venues
in the U.S. and abroad.
Three of his one-act
plays were staged by director Joe Mantello under the title "bash, latterday
plays." The plays were "Medea Redux," "Iphigenia in
Orem," and "A Gaggle of Saints." The stagings, produced by
Stephen Pevner, were in New York City (in the summer of 1999); in Beverly Hills
(in late 1999); and in London, presented by the Almeida Theater Company (in the
winter of 2000).
The Beverly Hills
production of "bash, latterday plays" (starring Ron Eldard, Calista
Flockhart, and Paul Rudd) was taped for, and broadcast in August 2000 on,
Showtime under LaBute's direction.
LaBute returned to the
U.K. to direct the world premiere of his latest play, "The Shape of
Things" (starring Gretchen Mol, Paul Rudd, Rachel Weisz, and Frederick
Weller), presented in the spring and summer of 2001 by the Almeida Theater Co.
He then staged the play (with the original cast) in the fall of 2001 in New York
City, at the Promenade Theater.
Focus Features will
release LaBute's next movie, the film version of "The Shape of
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